Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How To Get Rid Of dark Circles

What can you do to prevent dark circles?

1. UV Protection
We’ve often highlighted the importance of sun protection in your skincare, and Dr Mahto says this is again applicable when it comes to under-eye circles. ‘UV radiation can result in worsening of pre-existing dark circles,’ she says.

‘It is worthwhile wearing SPF around the eyes and wearing high-quality sunglasses that are able to filter out radiation in an effective manner.’

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Our GHI experts recommend Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Day Cream, it contains SPF30 and is great for those with sensitive skin!

2. Sleep
‘You need to get enough sleep!’ says Dr Mahto. ‘Loss of sleep results in lacklustre skin and a sallow complexion.’

If that’s not an excuse to go to bed early, we don’t know what is.

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3. Diet
It’s important to watch what you’re eating and drinking if you want your face to look its best.

4. Skincare
If you consistently notice dark circles under your eyes, it might be time to rethink your skincare regime, says Dr Mahto: ‘Switch harsher cleanses, which tend to irritate the delicate skin in the area, with a hydrating, gentle one instead.

‘Also, if you suspect allergies are exacerbating your under-eye circles, visit your dermatologist, who may be able to prescribe antihistamines, mild topical steroids and recommend patch allergy testing,’ she advises.

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Treatments available for dark circles

If dark circles are bothering you, there are a number of topical products and aesthetic treatments that can help.

Firstly, you could look at eye creams. ‘Check for ingredients such as vitamin C, kojic acids, arbutinin and hydroquinone, as these can really help to reduce melanin production,’ says Dr Mahto.

She recommends applying the product morning and night, although be careful not to apply too much, as this can often make the problem worse if allergy is the underlying cause.


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Our GHI experts tried and tested lots of eye creams for dark circles and crowned the Temple Spa Eye Truffle Complete Eye Rejuvenation Cream the winner. They said it was easy to apply, hydrating and absorbed quickly into the skin.

There are also cosmetic treatments you could consider. ‘If circles are a result of a loss of fat under the eye due to the ageing process, the problem can be corrected by injecting small volumes of dermal filler, which can smooth out the skin and add volume,’ says Dr Mahto.

‘Laser treatment is another non-surgical option,’ she adds. ‘It resurfaces the skin and reduces wrinkles, which improves the overall appearance of the eyes. Laser targets the source of dark circles by sending a burst of light into the skin, which is then absorbed by blood vessels or pigmented area.’

If you are considering treatments, always ensure you see a General Medical Council-certified dermatologist or eye doctor.

How to cover dark circles under the eyes

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Of course, you may decide treatments are too drastic a course of action and opt to cover up the dark circles under your eyes instead.

We asked Hannah Martin, Senior PRO Artist at Bobbi Brown, for her advice on disguising under-eye shadows.

‘I use a corrector followed by a concealer under the eye,’ says Hannah. ‘If your under-eye shadow is blue/pink, then use a pinkish bisque corrector first, which will brighten the area, before using concealer.’

‘If the shadow under your eye is more of a brown tone, then a peach-toned corrector will do the brightening you need,’ Hannah adds.

Our GHI experts recommend the Kiko Colour Correct Concealer Palette, it features five creamy concealers to cover up dark circles and enhance your complexion.

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Eat Garlic

Taryn Forrelli, ND, Olly's head of innovation and certified naturopath, says to go heavy on the garlic when you feel a cold coming on. "Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also helps with decongestion associated with colds and flus. Aim for eating one small clove every three to four hours. Smear it on toast with a bit of olive oil or honey if you can't stomach it straight." Our tip: Just be sure to have breath mints at the ready.

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Olly Ultimate Immunity Gummies
Forrelli also says to aim for 500 to 1000 milligrams of vitamin C per day while fighting off sniffles. "An easy and tasty way to make sure you're getting enough of this juicy antioxidant is taking a vitamin C–rich supplement like Olly's Ultimate Immunity gummy, which is a blend of 700 milligrams of vitamin C, zinc, and beta glucans for immune system support." While you may be familiar with vitamin C and zinc as cold-fighting powerhouses, get to know beta-glucan. In a 2008 study, one group that took a supplement with beta-glucan had 23% fewer upper respiratory infections than the other group that took a placebo.

Eat Chicken Soup

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Yeah, yeah. We've all been told to have a bowl of chicken soup when we're sick—it's good for the soul, as they say. But there's actually science behind why it works: Cysteine is a powerful antioxidant found in chicken soup (it's released from chicken during cooking) and actually chemically resembles the bronchitis medication acetylcysteine. The protein and minerals from the chicken (white meat—dark is a bit too fatty) also help boost your immune system while the salty broth helps to thin mucus. It's truly a healing miracle food—no wonder bone broth is so on trend.

Wear Wet Socks (Seriously)

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When Forrelli also suggested the "wet sock" method to cure a cold, I thought either A) she was joking or B) she's clearly never stepped in a puddle and had her shoe fill up with water (which is my personal nightmare). However, this method, also known as "warming socks," works with your body's natural physiology to heal everything from colds to headaches to trouble sleeping. Essentially, when you place the wet socks on your feet, the cool temperature causes blood to flow away from the skin and back into the feet to warm them up. This form of "microcirculation" performs exactly what regular blood flow does, bringing nutrients in and toxins out. However, doing this in a small area in such a quick amount of time rather than getting your heart rate up pulls blood into the skin and away from areas of pain and swelling (like stuffed sinuses).

In order to do this, first warm your feet (placing them in a hot bath works), wring out a pair of cold wet socks in the sink, and immediately place them on your feet. Put dry socks (or plastic baggies) on over the wet socks so you can cuddle up in bed, and then wake up in the morning feeling better.


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Aside from just fueling your body with water to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids keeps your throat and passages lubricated, according to Be Well coach Amanda Carney.

Alex Caspero, head nutritionist at Hum Nutrition, adds that hot drinks are a must, too: "Hot liquids, like tea, relieve nasal congestion and can soothe the inflamed tissue that lines your nose and throat. If you're feeling queasy, grate in some fresh ginger to help calm an upset stomach." Inhaling the steam from the drink also stimulates your cilia (the little hair-like structures in your nose and trachea) to sweep germs out.

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Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
In addition to relieving bloating, boosting energy, and clearing acne, apple cider vinegar also helps get rid of sore throats. Germs hate acid, so taking a swig of this potent liquid will help ward them off. Take it from us: Recently, Byrdie's editorial director, Faith, and I were feeling sick, so we took a sip of ACV and instantly felt the throat-soothing effects. Can't stomach the taste? Try diluting a tablespoon or two in a glass of water, or dress your salad with it. Or you can forego it in liquid form altogether and try an ACV supplement.